February 02, 2023

The Pursuit to Happiness: A Guide to Lasting Joy

Happiness is a state of mind that we all strive for, but it can often feel out of reach. The good news is that happiness is not a destination but a journey that you can undertake every day. Here are some tips to help you acquire happiness and live a more fulfilling life:
Dr. John, a Schindler‘s definition of happiness is:

 “A state of mind in which I thinking is pleasant a good share of the time.“

Happiness is native to the human mind and its physical machine. We think better, perform better, feel better, and are healthier when we are happy. Even our physical sense organs work better.

Research on a group of people who were tested when they were thinking, pleasant and unpleasant thoughts. The study found that when thinking, pleasant thoughts, they could see better, taste, smell and hear, better, and detect, finer differences in touch. 

Doctors have proved that eyesight improves immediately when the individual is thinking, pleasant thoughts or visualizing pleasant scenes. Other research has found that memory is greatly improved, and that the mind is relaxed, when the subject is thinking pleasant thoughts. 

Medicine doctors have proved that our stomachs, liver, heart, and all our internal organs function better when we are happy. 

Thousands of years ago wise old king Solomon said in his Proverbs: 

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.“ 

It is significant, too, that both Judaism and Christianity prescribes joy, rejoicing, thankfulness, cheerfulness as a means towards righteousness, and the good life. 

It seems that in our popular thinking about happiness, we have managed to get the cart before the horse. 

We say things like when I get this, I’ll be happy. 
Or once this project is done I’ll be happy. 
Or once we pay off the debt we can be happy,
When I get that car,
Once  I graduate,
When I get that job,
And the list goes on…..

In reality being happy comes first and it might be near the truth if we said:

“Be happy, and you will be good, more successful, healthier, feel and act more charitably towards others.“

Common misconceptions about happiness

Happiness is often shrouded in misconceptions, leading people to believe that it's elusive, or that it requires external validation and material possessions. However, the truth is that happiness is a state of mind that can be cultivated within. 

It's not about having the perfect life or never facing challenges, but rather about finding joy and contentment in the present moment, regardless of your circumstances.

Happiness is not something that is earned or deserved. Happiness is simply a “state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant, a good share of the time.“ 

If you wait until you “deserve“ to think pleasant thoughts, you will likely think unpleasant thoughts concerning your own unworthiness. 

The pursuit of happiness is not selfish

Many sincere people are deterred from seeking happiness because they feel that it would be “selfish“ or “wrong.“ 

The pursuit of happiness is often viewed as a selfish goal, but it's anything but. A happy person is more likely to spread joy and positivity to those around them, creating a ripple effect of happiness. In addition, a happy individual is better equipped to handle the challenges of life, be more productive, and make a positive impact in the world. 

So, don't let anyone tell you that the pursuit of happiness is selfish – it's a noble goal that benefits not only you, but those around you as well.

By recognizing these common misconceptions and embracing a growth mindset, you can find true happiness from within and live a more fulfilling life.

Here are some tips to help you acquire happiness and live a more fulfilling life:

Practice gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool for improving your happiness. By focusing on what you have, rather than what you lack, you can shift your focus to the positive things in your life. Write down three things you are grateful for each day and reflect on them. This simple habit can help increase your happiness and well-being.

Engage in activities that bring you joy

Identifying the activities that bring you joy and incorporating them into your daily routine can have a big impact on your happiness. This can be anything from reading, playing sports, spending time with loved ones, or pursuing a hobby. Find what makes you happy and make time for it.

Connect with others

Social connection is a key component of happiness. Spending time with loved ones, making new friends, and volunteering can increase your sense of belonging and happiness. Building strong relationships takes time and effort, but it's worth it.

Take care of your physical health

Your physical health is directly linked to your mental health. Exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep are all important for maintaining good physical and mental health. By taking care of your physical health, you can also improve your happiness.

Give back to others

Helping others can bring you a sense of purpose and fulfillment, which in turn can increase your happiness. Whether it's volunteering, donating money, or simply helping a neighbor, giving back to others can bring joy and happiness to your life.

In conclusion, happiness is a journey that you can undertake every day. By practicing gratitude, engaging in activities that bring you joy, connecting with others, taking care of your physical health, and giving back to others, you can acquire happiness and live a more fulfilling life."

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